Andaz Fifth Avenue, New York City $$$$
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Set in a gut-renovated 1916 building directly across from the New York Public Library, Andaz 5th Avenue is the fifth outpost of Hyatt's hybrid lifestyle-business brand, and arguably its best. As early as check-in it's apparent this isn't your typical corporate Midtown hotel: Laptop-toting staffers prowl the lobby to welcome arriving guests with coffee, wine, or springwater before escorting them to rooms, whose complimentary amenitiesWi-Fi, minibar, local callsare also appreciated perks. In fact, the 184 rooms, with 12-foot ceilings, massive windows, and spacious bathrooms that make even standard king rooms feel luxuriously oversized, are the hotel's strongest selling point. Designer Tony Chi deploys a muted and refined color paletteas well as dark-stained poplarreminiscent of his Park Hyatt Shanghai and Asiate restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental New York. His biggest coup here: some of the coolest (and biggest) rain showers in town, in travertine marble and outfitted with mini-baths to soothe sore feet after a day of pavement pounding. The service is warm and welcoming throughout, including at the Bar Downstairs, which hasn't quite captivated the downtown cocktail crowd despite a solid effort, and at The Shop, the no-reservations lobby restaurant whose market-driven menu has Manhattan suits lunching en masse.2011 Hot List
Which room to book: The hotel's seven suites with freestanding tubs offer views of the Empire State Building and the Public Libraryas do less expensive XL View King rooms.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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